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Ardennes

(ärdĕn`), department (1990 pop. 295,700), NE France, in Champage, Grand Est region. The capital is Charleville-MézièresCharleville-Mézières
, town (1990 pop. 59,439), capital of Ardennes dept., NE France, on the Meuse River, in Champagne. It was formed in 1966 when the twin cities of Charleville and Mézières were merged, along with three small communities.
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. Ardennes is also the name of a section of the eastern branch of an ancient mountain chain resulting from Hercynium folding between 345 million and 225 million years ago. The western edge of the chain is located in France, while the remainder extends into Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.

Ardennes,

wooded plateau, from 1,600 to 2,300 ft (488–701 m) high, in SE Belgium, N Luxembourg, and Ardennes dept., N France, E and S of the Meuse River. The plateau is cut into wild crags and ravines by rapid rivers. Agriculture and cattle raising are the main occupations of this sparsely populated region. Peat bogs are found in shallow depressions. In Germany, the Ardennes is continued by the Eifel. The chief cities (LiègeLiège,
Du. Luik, Ger. Lüttich, city (1991 pop. 194,596), capital of Liège prov., E Belgium, at the confluence of the Meuse and Ourthe rivers, near the Dutch and German borders.
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, NamurNamur,
Du. Namen, commune (1991 pop. 103,443), capital of Namur prov., S central Belgium, at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers. It is a commercial and industrial center as well as a rail junction. Manufactures include machinery, leather goods, and porcelain.
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) are in the Meuse valley. A traditional battleground, the Ardennes saw heavy fighting in both World Wars, notably in the Battle of the BulgeBattle of the Bulge,
popular name in World War II for the German counterattack in the Ardennes, Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945. More than a million men fought in what is also known as the Battle of the Ardennes. On Dec.
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 (Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945). Tourism in the area is economically important.

Ardennes

1. a department of NE France, in Champagne-Ardenne region. Capital: Mézières. Pop.: 288 806 (2003 est.). Area: 5253 sq. km (2049 sq. miles)
2. the. a wooded plateau in SE Belgium, Luxembourg, and NE France: scene of heavy fighting in both World Wars
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The most powerful of the three army groups, assembled under cover of the Ardennes forest, centered around seven Panzer divisions and was tasked to seize bridgeheads across the Meuse between Dinant and Sedan and from there to drive for the coast--thus trapping the Allied armies in northeast France and Flanders and separating them from French forces on and south of the Somme.
Schumacher finally broke the all-time mark on the feared and famous track in the Ardennes forest where he first served notice of his awesome talent 10 years ago.
Founded in 1824, Simon is situated in the north-central town of Wiltz, in the middle of the Luxembourg Ardennes forest, perhaps best known to Americans as the location of heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulgein WWII.
Because if you've gone to the trouble of searching out a United kit in the middle of the Ardennes forest, you've shown an ounce of dedication.
At the end of 1944, when the German armies were being pushed back into their own territory in Europe, Hitler launched one final attempt to stave off defeat by an assault upon the US forces in the Ardennes Forest.
With a battle plan personally designed by Adolf Hitler, 250,000 German troops--a combination of elite Waffen SS and the Volksgrenadier, the so-called People's Infantry made up of "cripples, convicts, grandfathers, and children"--broke through a thinly defended 80-mile front between southern Belgium and Luxembourg, driving a 50-mile "bulge" into the Ardennes forest.
Don the officer's cap of Lieutenant William Holt from Medal of Honor European Assault[TM] - and return to the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge to complete unfinished business for the OSS.
263 S Vettel (Red Bull), 2009 Circuit characteristics Loved by the drivers and steeped in history, this high-speed blast through the Ardennes forest is still seen as the ultimate test for car and driver.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a survivor of the Belgian Ardennes Forest "Battle of the Bulge" Campaign and was awarded three battle stars, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
More recently, it was occupied by German forces during World War II when they attacked France through the Ardennes forest.
The Division lost 2,850 killed in action, suffered 15,013 battle casualties, and captured 82,000 prisoners in campaigns at Normandy, Brittany, Luxemburg, the Hurtgen Forest, the Ardennes Forest (the Battle of the Bulge), along the Rhine, in the Harz Mountains of Germany, and along the Elbe.
It is December 1944 and the German army rampages through the frozen wastes of Belgium's Ardennes Forest.